IW FINANCIAL NAMED EXCLUSIVE U.S. DISTRIBUTOR FOR EIRIS INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Portland, Maine - 11 September 2006

- Agreement expands IW Financial’s global coverage, gives EIRIS access to
U.S.-based asset managers through the IWF Workstation Platform -

IW Financial, a leading provider of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, consulting and portfolio management solutions for the financial services industry, and London-based Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) have signed an agreement giving IW Financial the exclusive right to distribute international social and environmental research from EIRIS in the U.S., it was announced today.

For IW Financial, the agreement marks the continued expansion of the firm’s global research offerings and will give its clients access to social and environmental coverage on over 1,500 companies outside the U.S. through its technology platform, the IWF Workstation. For EIRIS, a non-profit, independent research organization, it provides greater access to U.S.-based asset managers.
“As more and more investors look to diversify by moving a portion of their assets overseas, investment managers need the ability to screen on a global basis for environmental, social, and governance factors,” said Sam Pierce, chief executive officer at IW Financial. “EIRIS is very well regarded internationally for its impartial, independent research, and we are pleased to be able to make their data available through our platform.”

EIRIS provides the industry’s most respected global coverage of a broad set of matters of interest to U.S. investors, including the environment, corporate governance and human rights, labor standards, compliance with international conventions, and other ethical issues of concern such as military involvement and genetic engineering. In all, the firm provides in-depth coverage on over 60 different issues.

“IW Financial is one of the premiere providers of ESG solutions in the U.S. We are very excited to have the opportunity to distribute our research on their platform,” said Peter Webster, Executive Director at EIRIS.

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